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Posted on Apr 19, 2013

Why Life On The Road May Lead Us To Bali, Indonesia

Why Life On The Road May Lead Us To Bali, Indonesia

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So, you’ve seen the ever-adorable Country 11 Video  we made with the Pillows and Toast Hostel staff in Country 11 and now we’re back in Country 10 (aka Malaysia) and loving Back Home Hostel too much for words. The staff jokes with us, let’s us cry and share deeper stuff about parenting and in-laws, and treat us totally like we are one big happy family. That sense of real community is what we seek, and miraculously find, in every corner of the globe.

So, we have a three month visa here. You get 90 days at the airport, no fees, no paperwork, no hassle, no strings attached. We appreciate that. We left for 2 weeks, and stayed for 3 because Pillows and Toast Hostel held us hostage, in Singapore, and now we have 2 7 weeks here. We’ll be going to Country 12 for 5 weeks and then we don’t know where the wind will take us. We know we have to be in Nepal in September to meet the documentary film crew for our two month Annapurna Circuit trek and volunteer mission. Besides that, the sky’s the limit. Literally. Anywhere the sky, sea, or land can take us, we’re game.

We’ve heard unreal things about Bali and wanted to share with your ten cool facts we found about this Indonesian gem. 

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1. Bali was once called Bali Dwipa (“Bali island”) and developed a reputation as a peaceful, religious and enchanted land.

2. While Indonesia is dominated by a large Muslim population, Bali is home to the majority of Indonesia’s Hindu minorities! Bali was once home to the ancient Hindu sects. Nowadays, you still see the strong influence of Hindu culture in Balinese architecture, culture and daily life.

3. Bali was once invaded and conquered ACCIDENTALLY by the Japanese Imperial Army in WWII.  The army was headed for Borneo. They were detoured by heavy rainfall and forced to make an emergency landing. Upon landing, they realized that the island had little to no defenses. Only about 600 local and Dutch soldiers were stationed there. Needless to say, they were captured quickly. Oh sorry, my bad, didn’t mean to invade you.

4. Git-Git Falls, surrounded by a lush tropical forest, is the highest waterfall in Bali. I want waterfalls and nature again. I’m almost ready for rugged again.

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5. Balinese dancers and performers are among the best in the world. They perform famous cultural dances all over the island, usually at in temples and public shows. You can also request for a performance of famous dances like the pendet (purification dance) or kecak (monkey dance) at private ceremonies. Oh, I want. Dancing, purification, and monkeys. Sounds like a winner combination!

6. The biggest temple in Bali, the Besakih, is actually a compound composed of 22 different temples literally carved into the side of Mt. Agung, the island’s largest volcano. Drooling now. We’re supposed to be training for the Annapurna Circuit and hiking once a week. E-hem not. doing. anything. Sounds like this might inspire us to move.

7. The Balinese have worshiped the volcano Mt. Agung for centuries. Even their directions refer to the mountain (away from it or towards it). It erupted in 1963 and displaced over 5 million Balinese.

8. Bali was discovered in 1597 by a Dutchman named Cornelius de Houtman.

9. Bali’s unique water management and irrigation system, the subak, has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is run by priests. Shut up! So my toilet water is like holy! I love it.

10. Bali’s water temperature remains at 80 degrees F for most of the year, making it an ideal diving area even during rainy season.Oh, we’re really keen on diving some more since Koh Rong Island, Cambodia.

Searched YouTube for some non-commercialized videos on Bali and found this one. It just made me smile, these two teenage girls making this vacation movie. So, smile and enjoy how cute they are:

 Any thoughts on Bali? Have you been? Aren’t the girls just huggable (apparently I just made up that word)? Will we die and love it to death? Is the rest of Indonesia also amazing and we’re overlooking something awesome? Do tell.

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  1. oooh, I love history facts like that! Hilarious about the Japanese conquering Bali by mistake! Good luck for the hiking training lol! Hope you get to it soon, otherwise you’ll want to die come september 🙂

    • how in the world did you walk into our sphere samuel? i feel so lucky to have you rooting us on. yeah, isn’t that hysterical that they conquered bali by accident. you know it could happen to anyone! we are so going to get our asses kicked come september. have you been to bali?

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